Dannenfelser: What's Next for the Pro-life Movement?

This op-ed originally appeared at Redstate.com on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

From the diaries. Marjorie Dannenfelser is the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, one of the most effective pro-life activist groups in the country.

I’d be preaching to the choir if I told Redstate readers that victories at the ballot box don’t mean a thing until they produce legislative victories.

So, with major electoral gains for the pro-life movement at the ballot box this November, what’s next?

It’s time to end all federal funding of abortion.

It’s a no-brainer. The majority of Americans consider themselves to be pro-life. And an even larger majority believes that tax dollars shouldn’t be used to fund abortion.

Two bills would get the job done:

• The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bipartisan bill sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), would create a government-wide statutory ban on abortion funding including those funding provisions contained in Obamacare.

• The “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), would ensure that abortion providers, including organizations like Planned Parenthood, do not receive federal dollars under the Title X federal family planning assistance program.

The pro-life movement really flexed its muscles in the 2010 election. Many representatives learned the consequences of their vote for a health care bill that included taxpayer funding of abortion when they were thrown out of office by the constituents they betrayed. Those Members have been replaced by authentic pro-life voices that are supported by a strongly pro-life GOP leadership.

With its promise to defund abortion in its Pledge to America, that leadership team has shown it understands the urgency of addressing the tragedy of nearly 4,000 abortions a day. Now it’s time for the pro-life Republican majority in the House to make good on that Pledge. It should start by ending all taxpayer funding of abortion.

We showed our strength in key Congressional races across the country; now it’s time to do so on Capitol Hill.

You can help by taking two minutes to sign the SBA List’s Stop Abortion Funding petition today. It’s a call on the 112th Congress to pass the lifesaving legislation mentioned above to prevent our hard-earned tax dollars from paying for abortion.

Congratulations to everyone at Redstate who made last Tuesday’s wins at the ballot box possible. Now, let’s redouble our efforts. Let’s start laying the groundwork for legislation that will restore America’s conscience and ensure that no one is forced to be complicit in the destruction of human life when they send their tax dollars to Washington.

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